Former Minister of Construction, Engineering Service, Housing and Common Amenites Wimal Weerawansa has been summoned to Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) today (4th) morning to get a statement on alleged corruption at the National Housing Development Authority committed during his tenure.
Former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake’s bail application was rejected today (4th) by Colombo High Court Judge Sarojini Kusala Weerawardena.
Mr. Attanayake was arrested and remanded for allegedly publishing a letter with forged signatures of the then Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and the then Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during the 2015 Presidential election.
The former Health Minister was remanded till December 05 by the court, however attorneys representing Attanayake submitted a bail application yesterday (3) challenging the legality of the manner in which the indictments were filed against their client.
A member of a political party cannot function as a member of another party still remaining as a member of his original political party and the Secretary General and the Central Committee of the SLFP would take a decision regarding former Minister G.L. Peiris, who has been appointed the President of the new political party registered recently says the State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.
State Minister Abeywardena said this responding to a question raised by a journalist yesterday (3rd) as a party known as ‘Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’ headed by Mr. G.L. Peiris has been registered as a political party.
Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day causes an average of 150 mutations a year in lung cells, according to a new study that identifies specific ways smoke exposure damages DNA.
The research, published Thursday in the journal Science, analyzes and compares tumors, providing the first accurate measure of the devastating genetic damage smoking inflicts not only in lungs but also in other organs not directly exposed to smoke.
Although it was previously known that smoking contributes to at least 17 types of human cancers, it had remained unclear exactly how cigarettes caused tumors, according to the researchers from Britain’s Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States.
Although they saw the largest number of genetic mutations in lung tissue, other parts of the body also displayed changes in DNA, helping explain how smoking causes various types of cancer.
Cigarettes contain more than 7,000 different chemicals, of which 70 are known to be carcinogenic, the researchers said, pointing to the complexity of how smoke interacts with the body.
“This study offers fresh insights into how tobacco smoke causes cancer,” said Ludmil Alexandrov of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the study’s main co-authors.
“Before now, we had a large body of epidemiological evidence linking smoking with cancer, but now we can actually observe and quantify the molecular changes in the DNA due to cigarette smoking,” he added.
“With this study, we have found that people who smoke a pack a day develop an average of 150 extra mutations in their lungs every year, which explains why smokers have such a higher risk of developing lung cancer.”
In the first comprehensive analysis of the DNA of cancers linked to smoking, the scientists studied more than 5,000 tumors, comparing smokers’ cancers with those of people who had never smoked.
They found specific molecular features of damage in the smokers’ DNA, determined by the number of those mutations in different tumors.
– More than 6 million deaths a year –
Although the number of mutations within cancer cells varies between people, the new study identifies the additional “mutational load” tobacco smoking causes.
In other affected organs, the study shows smoking a pack a day causes an estimated average of 97 mutations in each cell of the larynx; 39 in the pharynx; 23 in the mouth; 18 in the bladder; and six mutations in every cell of the liver each year.
The research shows at least five distinct ways smoking damages DNA, the most common of which is found in most types of cancer: accelerating the speed of a cellular clock that appears to mutate DNA prematurely.
“Our research indicates that the way tobacco smoking causes cancer is more complex than we thought,” Mike Stratton of Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute said.
“Indeed, we do not fully understand the underlying causes of many types of cancer,” he added, pointing to other known causes, such as obesity.
But the new study of smoking-related cancers can help scientists better understand how all cancers develop and, possibly, how they can be prevented, Stratton said.
“The genome of every cancer provides a kind of ‘archaeological record,'” in the DNA code, reflecting the exposure that causes mutations, he added.
Smoking — the largest preventable cause of death — is responsible for at least six million deaths a year worldwide.
If current trends continue, the World Health Organization says, smoking will kill more than a billion people in the 21st century.
President Maithripala Sirisena speaking at Maharagama today (3rd) said the investigations into the Central Bank bond issue would be forwarded for an impartial and independent judicial process.
He said, “I came out of the previous government and became the President without leaving the party with the support of everyone. I did not become the President to punish those who committed wrongs while allowing the others to do wrong. It is my policy. I will express my policy and decision regarding the bond issue. The COPE has presented a report according to the standing orders in Parliament and our constitution. Politicians have different opinions on this report. They come out with various views. Some say it is wrong while some others say it is right.
Politicians cannot solve this issue. All politicians should stay away from the investigations and it would be forwarded to the courts for an impartial and independent legal action,” said the President.
“The proficiency of Amaradewa, a pioneer in creating a new Sri Lankan musical tradition by incorporating Sinhala folk music with Indian ragas, in bringing Sri Lankan music close to the hearts of the masses was phenomenal. Amaradewa, the singer, musician, composer and who displayed his skills in film music direction is established in the hearts of masses as a creator of the Sri Lankan ‘sarala gee’ genre,” states a Message of condolence released by the Political Bureau of the JVP on the death of W.D. Amaradewa.
The message in full:
Let’s pay tribute to veteran musician Amaradewa!
W.D. Amaradewa, the great musician of our land, has completed his contribution in music to the land and has left us. We take this opportunity to pay tribute to the great musician W.D. Amaradewa, who bid adieu today (3rd) marking the departure of a representation of a Sri Lanka’s music era.
The proficiency of Amaradewa, a pioneer in creating a new Sri Lankan musical tradition by incorporating Sinhala folk music with Indian ragas, in bringing Sri Lankan music close to the hearts of the masses was phenomenal. Amaradewa, the singer, musician, composer and who displayed his skills in film music direction is established in the hearts of masses as a creator of the Sri Lankan ‘sarala gee’ genre. He becomes the maestro of music in our land incorporating all these. He entered musical field as a violinist, became a great maestro and endowed the musical sector with the harmony of Mahagama Sekara a number of precious creations that could be enjoyed by generations to come.
Maestro Amaradewa won numerous awards locally and internationally and more than that the hearts of the people he won were numerous. There is no doubt that the vacuum created by his demise would not be able to be filled for a long time.
We would like to share the grief of his death with members of his family and the people of Sri Lanka. Lastly, let us pay tribute to veteran musician Amaradewa who departed from us today!
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna
Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayaka has written a letter to the Governor of Central Bank to consider the tender submitted by Mr. Danuna Tillakaratna for ‘providing security services to the Central Bank’.
In his letter Minister Karunanayaka reminds the Governor that Mr. Tillekaratna is the ‘son-in-law of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, the Minister of Regional Development’ and asks the Governor to ‘consider short listing’ Mr. Tillekaratna’s tender ‘for selection as the Security Provider to the Central Bank’.
‘Yahapalana’ government came to power promising the people that they would have good governance in the country and to eradicate all sorts of injustices, undue interferences and to adhere to tender procedures.
Labour Officers have begun a continuous fast protesting against failure of the authorities to respond to their just demands. Labour Officers engaged in several agitations and other trade union action to draw the attention of the authorities for their issues. As there was no favourable response from authorities they began the continuous fast.
The President of National Trade Union Center K.D. Lal Kantha and several trade union leaders are scheduled to join the ‘fast’ begun by the All Ceylon Labour Officers Union and held opposite the Department of Labour at Narahenpita tomorrow (4th).
The Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe has emphasized that he never agreed to change certain points mentioned in the report presented in connection with the Central Bank bond issue.
He said his view regarding ‘footnotes’ has not changed.
The Auditor General said this when journalists asked him regarding the controversy that exists in connection with ‘footnotes’ included in the COPE report.
The most loved musician in Sri Lanka Dr. W.D. Amaradewa passed away a little while ago. He was admitted to Sri Jayawardenepura Hospital today (3rd) following a heart attack.
Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera better known by his adopted name Amaradewa,and born at Moratuwa on 5th December, 1927 was 88 years old when he passed away.
Dr. W.D. Amaradewa enriched Sinhalese music by incorporating Sinhala folk music with North Indian ragadhara music.
Pandit Amaradeva had been the recipient of numerous awards including the Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award (2001), Indian Padma Sri Award (2002) and Sri Lankan “President’s Award of Kala Keerthi” (1986) and Deshamanya Award (1998). In 2003 the French government awarded him the prestigious honour; ‘Officier’.